“Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” Review

25 July, 2017

Director: David Soren
Screenwriter: Nicholas Stoller
Cast: 
Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Jordan Peele

Synopsis: A pair of high school pranksters struggling to appease their short-tempered headmaster accidentally hypnotise the principal into becoming a comic book hero whose lack of intelligence is both his biggest strength and his greatest weakness.

Captain Underpants Review:

A movie created from a seemingly unfilmable set of novels and one destined to reject the most sensible and least familiar of viewers, “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” is tra-la-lastic blast from the past with its young protagonists constructing a bizarre world of potty madness out of nothing but sheer luck. Tactless and known for their terrible yet utterly infectious sense of humour, George Beard and Harold Hutchins breathe life into a fully-fledged superhero as their predicament reemerges for a new generation of youngsters whose weakness for everything silly tickles out far more high-pitched giggles than it does grown-up guffaws.

Faithfully adapted and keen to preserve all of the titbits that those familiar with Dav Pilkey’s “Captain Underpants” have come to expect from each amusing instalment, “The First Epic Movie” is a welcome big screen adaptation with its ridiculous story arc playing out as outrageously as it was always intended. Making a beeline for the fourth novel and recreating the infamous tale of Professor Pee-Pee Poopypants, Nicholas Stoller envisions a screenplay of infantile sensibility, gleefully permitting the very worst kind of toilet humour while allowing childish joys to become the butt of the joke in a self-aware and silly comedy.

Famously banned in schools across America, Pilkey’s book series is remembered as a notoriously disobedient manifesto for the young and easily amused yet its inherent weakness for all things fun makes for a colourful and creative piece of entertainment. Despite failing to match the side-splitting bliss of a charming bedtime story, “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” is appropriately altered for a grander visual medium, making up for its lowbrow trappings by recreating a classic fight scene on the largest medium possible, providing a rare treat for nostalgic millennials, even if it’s not the most sophisticated of gifts on this year’s comedy market.

 

   

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